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  1. ffynoni
    ffynoni at |

    hi im looking to create this with my little brother for a a school project, could I make your dragon in a day??!!

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  2. tawni
    tawni at |

    Hi. I was thinking about starting a year long project where im making the first generation pokemon. I was gonna make it new years goal. But before i started i wanted to see something complex and came across this. Its beautiful and i loved it. My only question is how do u defibe the eyes and such?

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  3. Reggy
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    Hey there!

    Omw!! You have one of the coolest websites!!!! I loooove art and making art and just being endlessly creative! I did this weird newspaper sculpture the other day and my 1 friend told me i should cover it with flour and water and i googles the techniques and stuff and eventually ended up here!! This form of art is EXCELLANTO!!! The possibilities!!!!

    You are really a talented and creative artist! I love your stuff and thanx sooo much for making it so easy for people all over the world to learn and see how to do this!! (I’m busy doing awesome paper mache sculptures now- will post pics of it on my deviant art gellery if u wana see it!)

    Hope u become suuuper successful!!! God blesS!
    REggy (^^,)

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  4. Jade Hughes
    Jade Hughes at |

    Hi im only 12 and i have a school project thats coming up and i really wanted to make a taniwha out of paper mache but i dont know how can you tell me how to make one by tomorow so i can start making it

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  5. JNB
    JNB at |

    I’m looking at doing this for my Senior English project. Since Beowulf has a dragon in it. I have a few questions though… 1. How long did it take for you to complete? How long did it take for layers to dry? Etc. 2. What kind of board did you attach it to? Any other helpful tips would be very very very appreciated.

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  6. Carly Swartz
    Carly Swartz at |

    paper mache clay sculpture

    Im a BFA sculpture student @ the University of Kentucky, and im loving your material! I am currently working at a much larger scale with the material :)

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  7. Victoria
    Victoria at |

    PIcture is coming up pretty soon!! :)

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  8. Victoria
    Victoria at |

    Do you know where I can find that other post that I made? I can’t seem to find it. And thank you. I think the grid and cardborad would work perfectly. Your sculptures are amazing and look so realistic. I will be sure to post a picture of my eagle when I’m done.
    Thanks for all your help!

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  9. Victoria
    Victoria at |

    Hi Jonni. My name is Victoria, and I am 14 and I am in 9th grade. I’m creating a school project based on Americans. I figured a Bald Eagle could represent freedom. I want to do it out of paper mache and blow my teacher away. But this is a big project and I obly have ’till at least the 11th. I fear I won’t have enough time, but I’m confident I can do it. Its a bit of a challenge, and I have had very little experience with paper mache. The bald eagle will be at the most 2 feet tall, perched on the ground, wings spread open. I would probably round up newspapers and tape them like you did with the dragon. But I am not sure how to do details and if I should do your home-made paper mache clay, or just use paper strips and paste? I think the clay will have much more work to make then just strips. But I wanna get an opinion from an expert. Thank you for any infromation or websites or advice you can give me. :)

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  10. lme
    lme at |

    hi im making a bigger 1 than u did and i was wondering if u had to what would u price it.

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  11. Jessica Allen
    Jessica Allen at |

    i hae tried realy hard to make it myself but i just ant do it. How much are you willing to take for it?$$$$$

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  12. Elizabeth
    Elizabeth at |

    Im 12 and im making a giant paper mache drgon so far i have the main body , the head and two of the legs done, so far it stands at about a meter and a half but when the wings are added it will probably be about 2 metres and i was just wondering if this has been done before? it is made out of a bit of cardboard and lots of newspaper and lots of celetape

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  13. Nataschja
    Nataschja at |

    Hello =)

    I love this dragon! The details are perfect and the with this collors it looks awesome and like real dragon =D. I love dragons but i can’t find a tutorial about a clay dragon. I havn’t paper mache :(
    But: Nice work =D

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  14. Leah
    Leah at |

    I am in the process of making my dragon, but i did (accidentally) make one slight change in the instructions. I am paper macheing on roughly 3 layers of paper every step. So before the legs and other various body parts were even attatched to the body, i had paper mached them. and then even more when i put them on the body, and so on. As i don’t have any masking tape, i figured this might work just as well. so i’ll either have a dragon that is so heavy it can’t stand up or an extremely sturdy one. oh well. i’ll let you all know about the final product! have fun, all of the paper amche loving people on this blog!
    ~Leah~

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  15. Leah
    Leah at |

    Hello again! i was working on my dragon again today and i started thinking… why did you do a dragon? you seem to like to do real animals. Of corse i’m definitely not saying your dragon isn’t amazing… I also read somewhere else on your blog (can’t remember where…) that your daughter painted a gourd. does she have a blog or website? If so i’d like to see it. i paint gours and it would be interesting to see some others. thanks a bunch!
    ~Leah~

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  16. mehdi
    mehdi at |

    yes sure!
    but it will take some days because i am just 13 years old!thanks for your help jonny!
    :D

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  17. mehdi
    mehdi at |

    opps!
    i have to cover dragon with white primer.
    but how to make the nose and the eyes ?how to use paper towel?

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  18. mehdi
    mehdi at |

    hi jonny!
    when i add the second layer of newspaper with paste the color of the dragon isn’t white so how to make it white
    O.O

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  19. rocket
    rocket at |

    nice dragon

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  20. charley greene
    charley greene at |

    Just seeing step 1 helped me to create my awesome dragon. Thanks

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  21. Sandra Evens
    Sandra Evens at |

    Thank you for your pictures and information. Do you have suggestions for a good size hippopotamas for a pattern? I want to use your newest method for placing in the back of a pick up truck with children for a summer parade. I see plenty of hippos, but not a good side view like you have of your elephant. I’m planning on purchasing your book/books as well. Hope your daughter is improving.

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  22. John Galer
    John Galer at |

    i love your dragon. a lot. my favorite animal is the wood frog. do you think you’d ever make one of those? if so id love to see pictures! :D

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  23. Addyson
    Addyson at |

    i also just wanted to say that im a six grader who just found this and now im makeing a dragon piggy bank for a school project i cant wait to see how it turns out

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  24. Addyson
    Addyson at |

    i just wanted to ask how to do the details

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  25. andy
    andy at |

    cool,
    do you know if it is possible to build an actual life size paper mache dragon? I mean really life size!

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  26. Andy
    Andy at |

    Hello again,
    Can you make a 30 inch Tiger out of paper mache and make a Tutorial.

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  27. Andy
    Andy at |

    Hi!
    I Love your paper mache Dragon along with everything Else. Do you Know if it is possible to use the technique of your Baby elephant on the Dragon to make it possibly Bigger? Another question, is it possible to make a easier Dragon sculpture because in sixth grade i cant do much.

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  28. Leslie
    Leslie at |

    Hi!
    I love your creations! I was wondering if there is a way to make the dragon weather safe. We would like to make one with our kids at the preschool were I work and use it in an outside display. Thank you.

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  29. Wendy
    Wendy at |

    Hello,

    For my high school homecoming decorations we wanted to create a life sized dragon out of paper mache. Do you have any tips for simplifying the instructions or anything else? Our materials are chicken wire, newspaper, paste, and wood.( maybe styrofoam)

    Wendy

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  30. mageanor
    mageanor at |

    wow this is awsome!can you make me one? it looks just a wee bit complex for a 10th grader. (even if i have all the dragon books ive found.)

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  31. Emily
    Emily at |

    hi we did the pig the legs ended up to short unfortunately, but luckly we have not painted him yet so we can sort that out. I know its a big or even giant jump to have a go at the dragon well if it goes wrong it goes wrong not much I can do. By the way my picture is my hamster the one was going to do a sculpture off!!!

    from emily

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  32. Monica
    Monica at |

    this is a great website! your projects give me lots of inspiration! i’m trying to make a dragon myself but i hit a few roadblocks. i’m doing tons of projects and i could use some help. could you make a bald eagle?

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  33. rebecca
    rebecca at |

    this is great and will help me on a project im am doing in school, a real inspiration. thank you!

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  34. Sharon
    Sharon at |

    I was looking for info on P M, I loved your dragon. I’m working on a final for a college Art class and want to use P M. Thanks for all the information. S

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  35. Bruce
    Bruce at |

    Nice work! I do love the steps in form, limb and wing attachments! I’ve done a number of storybook characters in papier mache using screen mesh that I’ve used to form the armature,and then applied the mache mix. Using newspaper is a lot easier to use and not as harsh on the hands when twisting!
    I only went by methods used in years gone by suggested by those who created characters for theme parks in the 50′s and 60′s.
    I, like you, followed reference photos myself and came up with characters that turned out to be true winners! Its the area of creating for exhibiting and possible selling that escapes me and is not in abundance!
    I’d dearly love to exhibit my work to share with others for their viewing pleasure!

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  36. Rose-Andrée Sauvageau
    Rose-Andrée Sauvageau at |

    This is a fantastic site.
    I am woundering if somebody would help me.
    I would like to make a lifelike body so as to make dresses that would fit
    Thank you

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  37. stacey
    stacey at |

    I am trying to use up all my junk mail paper and magazines by using them in the paper mache. Have you experimented with magazine paper and junk mail paper, like credit card application paper(haha)? I would rather make something out of the paper then have to save it for the monthly trip to the recycling center.

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  38. Bob
    Bob at |

    Hi. Love the dragon. I am in process of trying to do something similar and your video has been a great source of ideas on techniques. I am just wondering tho, what type of paint were you using?

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  39. lynn
    lynn at |

    Cool Dragon. My sister did paper mache dinosaur. It turned out incredible.

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    1. Leah
      Leah at |

      So did I! they are so fun! i did mine for a school mural project. my dino was nearly 4 feet tall. unfortunately, my teacher didn’t think through whatever plan she had in her head and ripped the body to where it was unreparable. i did manage to salvage the head, though and the jaw still moves! Tell your sister i give her an electronical hi-five!

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  40. JORDAN
    JORDAN at |

    i love dragons i just dont know were to draw them step by step can u guys tell me were to go

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  41. Sharon
    Sharon at |

    Your art is amazing! It is creatively lifelike…if that makes sense. I would like more information on how you paint the eyes because I think that is the detail that is bringing such life to your projects. Thanks so much for sharing your artwork.

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  43. Amy
    Amy at |

    That’s so cool looking! It’s so amazing what you can do with paper mache!

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  44. huabingli
    huabingli at |

    Hello:
    I’m a chinese artist,would you tell me do you have the Invitational Exhibition or Academic exchanges in your country every year? or Sculpture project tendering? and do you need art teacher in your area? can you help me sell my sculpture?
    would you like Contact for me?(you can my sculpture).

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  45. Mizz_Sum1
    Mizz_Sum1 at |

    Y do u need 2 use ducktape ??

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  46. Jonni
    Jonni at |

    If you’re into dragons, be sure to see the videos at http://www.metacafe.com/channels/Danthemonsterman/

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    1. MJ
      MJ at |

      Your dragon is gorgeous, Jonni. I especially like the idea of the paste/carpenter’s glue “smoothing” layer.

      I have Dan Reeder’s book and found it helpful. Another paper mache artist I admire is Scott Stollow. Here’s a link to his paper mache dragon tutorial: http://www.stolloween.com/?page_id=51

      Thanks for sharing your work and your knowledge.

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      1. MJ
        MJ at |

        Whoops, that’s Scott Stoll. (Stolloween)

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    2. Dan Reeder
      Dan Reeder at |

      I don’t know how I missed this website until now. I really like your technique Jonni. And the dragon is beautiful. I really like the movement in it. And the paint job is perfect. In fact, I really like what I’ve seen so far with all of your projects. I love them. Thank you for such in depth sharing!
      Dan
      PS. I fully intended to write this before I saw your very flattering comment. I am humbled. So “cheers” from one paper mache artist to another. Keep up the great work.

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